Fest to pay tribute to Leslie Iwerks

ROME — Diane Disney Miller will be feted by Italy’s seventh Biografilm Festival in recognition of her crucial role in establishing the Walt Disney Family Museum.

Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Walt Disney Family Museum — which opened in October 2009 after a more than 10-year-long gestation — is dedicated to telling the story of Disney’s life and work and providing testimony to today’s kids that he was a lot more than a corporate logo.

Disney Miller, who is the daughter of Walt Disney, will receive the Bologna-based fest’s Lancia Celebration of Lives Award during a day dedicated to her father’s legacy, during which docu “Walt: the Man behind the Myth,” by Jean-Pierre Isbouts, will unspool, as well as a rare screening of the 1937 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in the city’s cinematheque.

The Italo event, billed as a cinematic celebration of human lives, will also pay tribute to documaker Leslie Iwerks, granddaughter of Mickey Mouse creator Ub Iwerks, with a retro of her docus, comprising: “The Hand Behind the Mouse: the Ub Iwerks Story,” “The Pixar Story” and “Industrial Light and Magic: Creating the Impossible.”

Headed by critic and film industry entrepreneur Andrea Romeo, Biografilm runs in Bologna June 10-20. It is planning a New York satellite edition.

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